Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles – Always Something

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A year after the release of their acclaimed debut EP, Bide Your Time, UK quartet Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles have a new single to tempt similar reactions. Always Something is a peach of a song, melodic rock swiftly engaging ears and inciting the body while revealing a fresh step of invention and adventure in writing and sound.

The band is the project of singer/songwriter Billy Bibby, founding and former member of Catfish and the Bottlemen whose debut album, The Balcony, achieved Platinum status last year. Leaving the band after seven years in 2014, he spent the following year writing and undertaking a solo acoustic tour before recruiting a full band with the help of Simon Jones, bassist for The Verve. Their first single, Waitin’ for You, grabbed potent attention before Bide Your Time made a striking impression at the beginning of last year. 2016 saw the outfit busy with their live endeavours taking in over 70 shows and festival appearances around the UK. This year looks like following suit, getting off to a potent start with the release of Always Something.

 The single immediately consumes ears with its tide of rousing rhythms and riffs entangled in melodic flames. It soon settles into a more controlled but still eager stroll as the guitars of Rob Jones and Bibby dance around the latter’s warm and inviting vocals. With the infectious beats of Mike Pearce colluding with the pulsing throb of Matt Bassy’s bass, the song easily has hips and appetite enticed by its infectious rock ‘n’ roll.

A smart and fluid variety in energy and imagination only adds to the persuasive prowess of the song, as too sultry keys flirting from the background as Bibby’s voice draws it all into making one captivating proposal through the guidance of his songwriting and inviting voice.

Always Something maybe not be breaking new ground but it is a new striking step in the Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles sound and a thoroughly enjoyable four minutes; a winner in our book.

Always Something is set to be released March 31st

Upcoming live Dates:

MARCH

18th – Adam Smith Theatre – Kirkcaldy

19th – Nice n Sleazy – Glasgow

25th – The Rocking Chair – Sheffield

31st – The Assembly, London

April

6th – The Magnet, Liverpool

14th – The Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe

15th – Fleecetonbury Fest – North Allerton

MAY

6th – Sound Control, Manchester

10th – The Horn – St Albans

12th – Focus Wales Festival

17th – Portland Arms, Cambridge

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Pete RingMaster 17/03/2017

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Jingo – Make Some Money, Buy Some Love

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March 11th sees the eagerly anticipated second album from British rock band Jingo and it is very easy to say that it does not let expectations, bred from the band’s previous impressive releases, down. The ten tracks making up Make Some Money, Buy Some Love are the band’s most eclectic bunch yet, at times in an understated way with closer attention revealing the new myriad of flavours and broad imagination bringing them to life. Just as importantly, it is another mesmerising collection of songs feeding in us and their growing wealth of fans an already eager appetite for the band’s invention and carrying the potential to excite another hungry wave of newcomers to the world of Jingo.

Formed by husband and wife, guitarist/vocalist Jack and vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Katie Buckett, Jingo seem to have made a strong impact with every move since Jingo played its debut live show was supporting Blur’s Graham Coxon. Through a clutch of captivating singles, creatively provocative EPs, and striking debut album The Art Of Loving of 2014, as well as a live presence seeing the London based band take their imagination and craft across the UK and over to the US, France, Germany, and Belgium, Jingo has enticed rich interest and fan support which has through a highly successful pre-order campaign enabled the band to release Make Some Money, Buy Some Love on CD and vinyl as well as digitally.

With its line-up completed by the invention of Nima Safai, Michael Hussain, and Kelly Lenahan, Jingo has from day one never been easy to pigeonhole. They are generally tagged as alternative rock and have found themselves compared to the varied likes of Portishead, The Magic Numbers, Not Blood Paint, Fleetwood Mac, Interpol, and Jess & the Ancient Ones along the way. As Make Some Money, Buy Some Love again proves Jingo spins broad tapestries which explore diversity with zeal to match their eagerly creative imagination.

art_RingMasterReviewRecorded in New York with producer Kahan James, and mastered by Kevin Blackler (Raconteurs, RHCP etc.), Make Some Money, Buy Some Love opens up with Lifer, the alluring tones of Katie cradled by melodic coaxing as the bass strolls with a controlled but carefree grace. Crisp beats add to the enticement instantly flirting with ears, the song’s underlying funkiness infesting its gait and the listener as pop catchiness and lyrical romancing tempt. Drama is never far from a Jingo twist and turn, its boldest attraction lining Katie’s vocal prowess especially here in a gem of an introduction.

All of the track’s qualities and more emerge in the following Sirens and Vices, Its rhythmic bait quickly infecting feet as melody woven grooves seize hips. Both elements add to the flirtatious nature of the song, impassioned vocals and raw, fiery textures growing in the blend of smouldering and raucous seduction. Grabbing ears and imagination from the first second, it only tightens its grip second by second squeezing lustful responses out before making way for the pop revelry of Money. It is instinctive catchiness with a steely backbone and bold attitude though, dancing persistently and mischievously as the song teases with playful coquetry.

From a busy bedlam Gaia emerges with its own melodic grace and emotive eloquence next, Katie joined by the equally potent tones of Jack as keys and guitars paint their own poetic picture over a more forceful rhythmic spine. It is pure magnetism with a just unveiled eye catching video to match.

Never Love Again also has little trouble winning attention and pleasure as its evocative melodies and warmly invasive essences hug captivating vocals. The song never quite reaches the heights of its predecessors but never lacks a second of enjoyable adventure before the outstanding Death Counts takes over. The track is nothing less than melancholic beauty becoming more exotic, almost sinister, and relentlessly beguiling with each passing seduction of passion fuelled notes and vocal fascination.

The body is back jumping around with Let’s Be Friends next; its noir lit drama and tenacious rhythmic dexterity enough alone to enslave the imagination. Katie is like a devious puppeteer in the midst of the brew of fire bred grooves, agitated beats, and frequently concussive energy; her lures as inescapable as the gloriously tempestuous textures making up another mighty highlight within Make Some Money, Buy Some Love.

Last year’s sensational single Sweet Anne follows, Katie and Jack united in crooning temptation as initially the song gently grows in ears. Soon it is in full swing with boisterous rhythms skirting the tangy funk infused hooks and lecherous grooves uniting and barging against each other. It too has an irresistible tempest like texture to its body but equally melodic calm makes a compelling persuasion in between the song’s moments of vociferous and explosive carnival like devilry.

The album is completed by firstly the melodic romance and harmonic charm of Supersymmetry, one simply bewitching encounter with fire in its heart and finally by the pop rock seducing of The Shell. Both tracks solicit emotions and body to get involved in quick time and each leave only a want for more, the perpetual hunger which seems to come with every Jingo encounter.

For Make Some Money, Buy Some Love, Jingo has honed their sound into something as diverse and bold as ever but exploring both with a more seamlessly and easily flowing touch; the result being another Jingo moment which makes the world a better place.

Make Some Money, Buy Some Love is released March 11th

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Pete RingMaster 22/02/2017

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SJ and the Flying Pigs – Fireball

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Few can escape the lure of a feel good proposal and that is exactly what is on offer from UK band SJ and the Flying Pigs and new single Fireball. With an engaging spring in its step and an infectious swing in its heart, the song simply gets under the skin and shows plenty of reasons why the band is igniting the music scene in their home city of Cambridge.

SJ is a country singer songwriter who has already lured attention and acclaim with her debut solo album, Nashville Sessions, which was recorded in Tennessee and released 2014. Since then she has frequently gigged across the UK and the Cambridge live music scene where she brought together her own backing band, it coming together within the walls of and taking its name from the City’s prestigious pub The Flying Pig.

sj-firebal-artwork_RingMasterReviewWith Kieran Morgan on banjo, Nicky Terry on fiddle, Ian Griffith on drums, Oli Steggles on slide guitar, and Joe Taylor on bass alongside the vocal and guitar craft of SJ, the band quickly show why they have gone down so well at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and Strawberry Fair with Fireball. From its opening melodic sigh, the track strolls with zeal and purpose, rhythms marking their territory as SJ’s voice calls upon ears and appetite with ease. Like flowing wine, that familiar country twang infests guitar and melody as warm harmonies tease, it all adding up for a rousing good time raising a smile in the listener as broad as the song’s own.

Written with her American songwriter friend Meghan Saletta and inspired by the popular Nashville whiskey Fireball, the song romps like a liquor fuelled shanty; a spirited proposition sure to spark fun in ears and hearts even within those not normally captivated by its source genre.

Fireball and the same-named EP it is from are out now through iTunes and Spotify.

Upcoming Live Dates:

29th March – Hard Rock Café, London (‘Hard Rock Country’)

8th April – Kings Head, Orford Suffolk

16th April – The Burston Crown, Diss

19th May – Faerie Fest, Sussex

3rd June – Strawberry Fair Festival, Cambridge

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Pete RingMaster 21/02/2017

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Wills & The Willing – Butterflies

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Any song which simply bewitches ears and imagination just has to be shouted out about and that is exactly what is happening to Butterflies, the new single from Wills & The Willing; we now joining in the chorus of lusty praise. The song is irresistible, its intimacy raw and honest, like an aural L. S. Lowry reflection, and its lively melancholic outcry of a chorus spirit rousing; a combination which simply and totally captivates.

Beginning to stir when poet/lyricist Ian Wills linked up with Brendon Taylor, Jesse Wood, Jason Knight, and Martin Wright late 2004 and bursting to life in the spring of the following year, Wills & The Willing has since seen a ‘revolving door policy’ in its line-up while coming under bigger spotlights over time through their gigs and two seriously well-received albums. Returning from an eight year hiatus with Wills joining up with Sean Genockey, Charlie Morton and John Hogg (Moke, Rich Robinson, Roger Daltrey) for its creation, third album Dream In Colour, released last year and spawning their new single, has been no exception.

Inspired by the town of Wotton Bassett and the tearful repatriations it embraced, Butterflies instantly tugs at thoughts and emotions as Wills slips through ears with his poetic craft to put the listener at the heart of the emotion drenched moment imprinted on people, thoughts, and history. That alone, as a single piano melody courts the words, is powerful enough but add a soaring spirit lifting chorus and there is no escaping a real sparking of the heart. The music is just as cinematic in its own way as the Will’s words, his reflection vocal in its honesty and stirring in its touch to transport the listener.

To be honest, no words truly echo the raw power and impact of the song, so allowing its melancholic beauty into your ears is the only thing we can further add and urge.

Butterflies is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 09/02/2017

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Lauren Hoffman and The Secret Storm – Family Ghost

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Often there is nothing more seductive in music than emotional and creative melancholy, a thought wonderfully backed up by Family Ghost, the debut album from Lauren Hoffman & the Secret Storm. Coming from the latest project of songwriter/vocalist/musician Hoffman, no stranger to acclaim through her solo releases, Family Ghost is an imagination stoking dark theatre of word, emotion, and beauty, or as potently suggested by its press release, “A whirl of cabaret, broken ballads, and indie rock, it is a collection of heart-bending narratives that double as emotional exorcism.”

Hoffman’s songwriting was already alive but was further nurtured by Jeff Buckley after she met him backstage while waiting for her father. He became her mentor up until his death in 1997, just one month before she released her debut solo album. Released by Virgin Records, Megiddo was critically acclaimed and subsequently followed by just as evocative and striking encounters. Hoffman assembled the Secret Storm a few years ago with its intimately and personally open Family Ghost built on songs written over a decade ago as well as newer explorations by their creator.

The release opens with Don’t Look Back, a tantalising serenade with wistful melodies and a brush of rhythmic coaxing around the enticing tones of Hoffman. The shadowy groans of cello from Cathy Monnes (of the indie-pop Sally Rose Band) are as potent and persuasive as the imagination of keyboardist Ethan Lipscomb, both bewitching textures in a swiftly riveting encounter. Its thicker crescendos of sound and evocation just reinforce the persuasive majesty of the song while all the time Hoffman’s vocals sublimely capture ears and thoughts.

family-ghost-artwork_RingMasterReviewFrom its gothic, funereal spiced enterprise, the band unveil a lighter gait and atmosphere with second offering Feel It All, though again the darker hues of cello and brooding tones of Jeff Diehm’s bass provide rich drama against the livelier air cast by guitarist Tony Lechmanski (Bella Morte) and Kevin Ardrey’s boisterous beats. Though less pronounced the vaudevillian touch of its predecessor colours the track to captivate before Let The Waves Crash On Me hugs the senses with its country rock/folk lit embrace. Its reflective heart and rich weave is a kiss on the ear, Hoffman a beacon at its core.

Sick With Love radiates in melancholic intimacy and vocal openness next while In The Sun bewitches as it grows in gentle but open intensity and imagination with each passing second. Both tracks easily excite but find themselves outshone by the following I Just Broke Up With A Guy Who Looks Kinda Like You. Carrying a Young Marble Like Giants like minimalistic air and seduction as bass and guitar entangle their descriptive prowess, the irresistible song blossoms into a tenaciously catchy slice of pop ‘n’ roll with spicy melodies and swinging rhythms. Even its magnificence though has to play second fiddle to the album’s title track which seduces straight after. There is drama in every riff, theatre in each ear flirting hook, while rhythms and vocals bring their own creative imagination to the compelling tapestry. Like a siren, the song lures the listener into its busy evocation of spirit and emotion.

Through the noir lit stroll of Fast Lane there is no let-up in the album’s grip on body and appetite. The song is as funky as it is jazzy, as folky as it is poppy; its dark rock ‘n’ roll nurtured croon simply haunting infectiousness. It is majestic in an understated but bold way, a success matched by the similarly catchy saunter of Broken. A thin but rich melody initially courts the magnetic presence and tones of Hoffman as the track offers another slim yet thickly provocative adventure and insight to get seriously caught up in.

The exotic bordering sinister hug of The Dragon comes next, the track a shadowy seductress in air, intent, and voice increasingly infesting and seducing body and psyche from its first provocative breath. There is also volatility in its nature which only adds to its might on the way to taking best track honours.

Family Ghost is concluded by the calm yet emotionally inflamed Til It Lasts, a fine end to a release which is Lauren Hoffman at her most creatively adventurous and open, backed by a band with as much suggestiveness in their sounds as in the singer’s heart bred words. It is darkly magical and sure to be on the favourites lists of a great many.

Family Ghost is out now on iTunes and other stores.

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Pete RingMaster 07/02/2017

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Vullnet Neziri ft Curtisay – Someday I’ll be Somebody

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Following the success and acclaim found by his previous singles, Macedonia born singer Vullnet Neziri has linked up with Jamaican rapper Curtisay for his third outing, Someday I’ll be Somebody.

From giving praise winning performances on TV show The Voice Of Albania in 2013, Neziri has honed his craft and sound over the two years leading to the release of his debut single You Got Me in 2015. Last year he followed it up with Rollercoaster, a song drawing more eager ears his way. Both songs and indeed Someday I’ll be Somebody show a variety in his releases which is sure to make his first album, scheduled for release later in 2017, an intriguing promise laden proposal.

As his debut track, Someday I’ll be Somebody was written by Academy Award and Grammy Award nominated, Golden Globe winning songwriter Diane Warren and was previously recorded by Justin Bieber. Neziri with Curtisay alongside gives the song a fresh identity which makes it far more interesting proposition than with its previous outing. With a warm jazzy lure around the opening vocal licks of Curtisay, there is instant warmth which entices ears. It is only escalated by the distinctly individual styles of both men, Curtisay providing a variety lined revelry against the emotion fuelled croon of Neziri.

Surrounded with a sound just as eager to imaginatively play, Someday I’ll be Somebody is an inviting slice of enterprise for all pop loving fans.

Someday I’ll be Somebody is out February 3rd through Hook and Rhyme Records.

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Pete RingMaster 31/01/2017

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The Rogue Network – Binary

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If like us you were taken by their debut EP of 2015 and the two track single last year which it spawned, you will be pleased to know that The Rogue Network has taken things on their part and our attraction to another level with Binary. The four-track EP is another slice of the band’s blues fuelled rock ‘n’ roll yet revealing a broader canvas of sound as catchy as it is adventurous.

The band, taking inspirations from seventies nurtured blues/soul, has increasingly grown into a compelling proposition since emerging in 2015. Led by vocalist/guitarist Gerallt Williams, The Rogue Network re-energised an already growing interest and support for the band’s sound and live presence with the Milk and Honey/Lowland City single in 2016, a tantalising melody rich affair now eclipsed by the Binary EP.

From the first eager throes of opener Operator, band and release has ears and attention locked in. A tasty groove makes first contact, grumbling pulsating electronics and bassline in close attention as sonic enterprise brews around them. With a controlled easy going gait, the song soon eagerly strolls through ears, harmonies and fiery grooves in turn wrapping the potent tones of Williams. There is feistiness to the track which infests every aspect, giving it a raw tempestuous texture which never erupts but adds weight to the infectious funk clad encounter.

It is a fine, seriously catchy start quickly backed up by the melodically charmed Venodotia. There is a Paul McCartney-esque feel to the song, its pop prowess Wings hinting as picturesque lyrics and suggestive melodies embrace and inspire the imagination while Hammond spiced keys add extra colour. It is easy to get lost in its lure, its infectious chorus and a refreshing canter especially though it is soon overshadowed by the EP’s best track.

Ruby is pure enslavement, a slice of pop ‘n’ roll which chains appetite and lust as soon as its opening drama reveals the salaciously seductive bait of piano and the sinister charm of atmospheric melody. Demanding to be a single, the track dances like a mischievous temptress with body and spirit, its spicy blues flirtation alone irresistible around a chorus which has vocal chords dancing without inhibition.

The EP is concluded by Pam Fi, a Welsh sung proposal with rumbling bass and crisp beats clad in fiery melodies as wiry grooves infest the imagination. It is, as now expected, an inescapably catchy tempting bringing the release to a fine conclusion, quickly defusing the niggle of not knowing what its lyrical heart is sharing.

The Rogue Network have really hit their stride in songwriting and sound, Binary relishing another step in craft and boldness which if it continues suggests even bigger exciting things ahead.

The Binary EP is out now across most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 18/01/2017

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